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Jae Won Joh
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Checking in for the first time in a while. Since the end of last year, I've gone from 211lbs to 204lbs and 20% body fat to 15% according to caliper measurements. Lost an inch off my waist as well, whoo! Can now "skin the cat", which looks absurd but is an awesome shoulder exercise. I'm working on muscle-ups now. :-)

Skin the Cat.MOV
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Dude, massive props on the body fat! That's HUGE. Proof again that endurance training can make a difference!
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Ann Salisbury

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Day one recap: Preparation helps, and so does staying ahead of the game on things you must do.  I had made a big frittata on Monday, so breakfast for this week can simply be reheated.  I made a quick lunch (tuna and white bean salad - yea for canned products).  Dinner was a little more complicated due to my disorganization and getting out of work late (black bean tacos, loosely based on the linked recipe, with a good portion of the filling being sauteed turnip greens).  I had one taco and my second helping was just the filling to keep the corn tortillas limited.

I had planned to go for a walk, as one of my "big rocks" for the week was 30 minutes of exercise.  I had been itching for an #ingress  invitation from +Niantic Project as a motivator for morning and mid-day walking, as there are several portals around where I live and work. I have the account, but the full walk didn't happen because I got stuck at work (I only got about 10 minutes in). So with the knowledge that success requires flexibility, I'll move the 30 minute goal to next week and make this week's goal 7,500 steps per day (which for me would be marked improvement).  I only had 6,500 when I was ready to settle down in the evening, so walked in place while reading and hit the goal in no time.

Today's mini-goal is to focus on getting work done so I can make time to do the fitness and healthy cooking tasks.
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Those black bean tacos sound delicious, I'll have to try them!
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Arme Smash
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No blog post for me today - I have eight chapters to read and two papers to write before Sunday.  I have a couple of recipes to put on the blog when I finish my school work, though.  (If that ever happens.)
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Jonas M Luster
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I can't believe some of the money making schemes they come up with :)
 
Do we really need a vibrating fork to eat slower?
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Jonas M Luster
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I've decided to make Monday, Wednesday, and Friday my gym days, Mon, Tue, Thur, and Sat my walking days (that's five days, if I want to hit 80,000 steps over a week that means 16,000 steps a day or 7.85 miles. Should be doable with a mile before breakfast, two after lunch, and two and a half after dinner, given that I walk a lot during the day. All I need now is a non-boring route or some really good podcasts (yes, I am asking :)

I'll do yoga every morning and slow endurance body work Tue, Thur, and Sun (10-second pushups, etc.). All in all, discounting walking which I will do while listening to things I would read/listen to anyways, that shouldn't be more than 60 minutes a day or 4 percent of the week.

Thinking about supplements. Somewhat not a fan of them, whatever they contain I can eat healthily. I know that multivitamins are somewhat a losing proposition, but what about magnesium before bed? Or the suggested Polycosanol in the evening and Resveratrol in the morning? Anyone have experience with those?
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Thank you Jae. I really appreciate it. 
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Arme Smash
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Got the chicken marinating for healthy fajitas for dinner, logging my calories for the day (400 short?!? How am I going to make THAT up?), sending friend requests on myFitnessPal to the people who have given their user names on here, and trying to get some studying done.  If I can get all my school work done, I'm hoping to go to the cemetery or the riverside park to walk several miles with the puppies tomorrow or Sunday.
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I think I might have dried cranberries and honey roasted almonds for dessert, and a glass of whiskey to relax with.  That ought to get me close. :)
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Ann Salisbury

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Thanks for the idea and setting this up, Jonas. The timing is perfect, as my CSA box starts up again after the holidays and I will have vegetables readily available. 
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Sarra Borne

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The group invite couldn't have come at a better time.  I saw a new doctor this week, and she did a full metabolic profile and is putting me on some supplements and stuff appropriate to a woman my age.  She also suggested some dietary changes that should help.  I went to the store this evening and stocked up on veggies, almond butter, chicken breasts and some other healthy foods.  I joined myFitnessPal and I'm excited to get started.  Dietary first, since I'm having dental surgery on Friday and will have to take it easy for a bit, but I plan on doing some light exercise that won't be too taxing.  Thank you Jonas for the invite and the group support!
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i also stopped eating sugar in April!
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Les Orchard

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I have to say I'm interested. My healthier plans got derailed when my wife and I went from Couch to 5K to holidays and now-the-sidewalks-are-all-icey. Looking to restart that soon
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Arme Smash
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Dinner tonight: baked chicken fingers, sauteed spinach, and cheesy rice, with leftover chicken fingers and rice for tomorrow's lunch.
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Jonas M Luster
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Today is house cleaning day. I had some roasted peppers left over from yesterday and made a ham and pepper dish with spinach and green beans on the side. All hail the mighty liquid smoke, makes even canned green beans taste somewhat acceptable.

Posted my high carb treat for the week to Cucumbertown (http://www.cucumbertown.com/recipes/55940/zwiebelkuchen-german-onion-pie) and am looking forward to devouring that on Saturday.
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Also, if you want a somewhat healthy alternative, Recipes for Health has a great cabbage and onion tart. 
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Sarra Borne

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I've been drinking protein shakes for breakfast for the past few days, which is a vast improvement over the usual drink black coffee until I'm jittery and then succumb to whatever pastry is laying around at the office.  No weigh-ins because the battery on my scale went dead and I haven't had time to replace it yet. :)
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Arme Smash
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Remembered breakfast this morning.  Granola and yogurt and a cup of coffee.
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Jonas M Luster
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So here is my day one checkin:

Morning: three eggs with spinach and a small spoonful of picante to make the eggs go down a little better. Refrained from salting the eggs, these are farm fresh-ish and don't totally taste like cardboard. Still sick so that was all I could stomach.

Did 5 10-second pushups but had to stop in the middle and catch my breath. Then some dynamic resistance Yoga and got my pulse to 130 for about a minute which is what I wanted. Cup of coffee, overdose Vitamin C (don't kill me +Jae Won Joh, I am aware of the placebo effect :).

Lunch I had just a sandwich on Crisp Bread (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crisp_bread) and some water. I don't have grapefruit juice, will have to buy some this week.

Walked 1.4 miles at a good pace and went back to coding. Dinner will be frivolously obscene, but I'll dial down for the rest of the week. Tomorrow it's weights day...
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Arme Smash
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Well, I did it again.  I ran right out of the house without eating breakfast - didn't even think about it until I was halfway to the interstate from my house.  I've got to stop doing that.
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Yeah, I need to keep a protein bar or two in my backpack for days like this.
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Ann Salisbury

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Somewhat pithy, but effective for someone who tends to not be active on a regular basis.
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Arme Smash
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Just got home from the grocery store.  Stocked up on fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables, and got a blender to make some smoothies!
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+Schlomo Rabinowitz might be doing the juiced happy dance somewhere in SF. Knowing him he'd be naked while doing it.
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Jonas M Luster
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I've posted this before but I wanted to slap it on here for some discussion fodder and because I think it's worth thinking about.
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I have used the " i can't afford to eat healthy" excuse but just seeing some of your recipes, I see that is incorrect. I do have a bad knee, well lack thereof knee, but I see there is so much more i could do than the running and excessive walking. My health is worth more than the cheap food that i feed myself and less costly in the long run.  I'm so glad that I've found this and I look forward to doing this and doing it right. 
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Jonas M Luster
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I need to make a few people owner and/or mods. Holla!
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